|“Sani Peyarchi” festival held at Lord Dharbaranyeswarar temple|
Holy dip: Devotees taking bath in the ‘Nala Theertham’ tank at Tirunallar on Sunday.
KARAIKAL: Lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country on Sunday thronged Tirunallar, the famous pilgrimage centre in Karaikal district to offer prayers to Lord Saneeswara Bhagawan at the Lord Dharbaranyeswarar temple in connection with the “Sani Peyarchi” festival.
Special ‘abishekams’ and ‘poojas’ were performed to Lord Saneeswara Bhagawan and, after adorning the ‘gold kavacham’ to the deity, the main ‘deeparadhana’ was performed around 12.15 p.m. on Sunday to mark the transit of Saneeswara Bhagwan (Lord Saturn) from Kataka Rasi to Simha Rasi (Cancer to Leo).
The transit of Lord Saturn from one house to another house in the zodiac once in two and half years is known as `Sani Peyarchi’ and Saturn who moves slowly takes 30 years to complete a round covering all the 12 Rasis.
It took nearly five to six hours for the queue of devotees to have a darshan of Saneeswara Bhagawan.
Besides, special VIP entrance tickets were also arranged by the temple authorities.
A large number of dignitaries including Lt. Governor Mukut Mithi, Head of Dharmapuram Adheenam Shanmuga Desika Paramacharya Swamigal, Karaikal Collector N. Vasantha Kumar, several judges and top officials from various parts of the country offered prayers to Saneeswara Bhagawan at the time of transit. Karaikal district police had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees to take bath in the holy tank of ‘Nalatheertham’ where the devotees discarded their clothes after taking bath.
Police sources told The Hindu that no untoward incident was reported and the `Sani Peyarchi’ function went off peacefully.
All vehicles were parked three-km away from the temple premises and the people had to walk for a long distance.
Mobile communication was totally cut off in Tirunallar since Sunday morning causing hardship to the devotees who were searching for their missing relatives. Mobile phones started working late in the afternoon.
Devotees thronged various temples here on Sunday on the occasion of ‘Sani Peyarchi’ and offered worship to Lord Saneeswarar in several temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
At Sri Bhuvaneswari Avadutha Vidya Peetam, a special ‘Navagraha santhi’ homam was performed.
A special aradhana was performed to Sri Panchamuka Anjaneya.
At Sri Brahadeeswarar temple in Gangaikondacholapuram in Perambalur district, hundreds of devotees offered worship at Sri Saniswarar sannidhi, where the idols of the nine gods is in a unique circular form on a single stone with the sun at its centre.
Hundreds of people offered worship to Saneeswara Bhagawan at various temples in the district on Sunday in view of Sani Peyarchi festival.
Sani Bhagawan moved from Kadaga rasi to Simha rasi on Sunday.
Special archanas were performed to Sani Bhagawan at Sri Vasishteswaraswamy temple at Thittai near Thanjavur which is called the Guru Parihara sthalam where a separate temple for Guru Bhagawan exists, at Sri Ramalingaswamy temple (108 Sivalayam) at Papanasam, Suryanarkoil, Navagraha Kshetra for Sun, near Aduthurai, Thingalur, Navagraha kshetra for Moon near Thiruvaiyaru etc.
Pujas were offered to Sani Bhagawan at Thirunageswaram, Navagraha Kshetra for Raghu and Sri Apathsahayswaraswamy temple, Navagraha Kshetra for Guru Bhagawan at Alankudi in Tiruvarur district.
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